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If you're a history buff, Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay belong on your bucket list. A Museum without Walls, Annapolis served as our nation's first peacetime capital. Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes here, and you can visit three of those residences today. A walk down our brick-lined streets puts you in touch with four centuries of history and architecture. There are more 18th-century brick homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation.

The Annapolis countryside tells the story of generations of farmers and watermen whose lives have been shaped by the Chesapeake Bay and the rich farmland that surrounds it. In Annapolis Baltimore, historic sites including the Hammond-Harwood House have their own stories to tell of hardworking families who helped shape the future of Anne Arundel County and our nation.

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Heritage & History News & Stories

All Aboard for the Star-Spangled Spectacular with Watermark Cruises

Along with the rest of Maryland, Annapolis’ Cruises on the Bay by Watermark is getting ready for the upcoming celebration of the national anthem’s 200th birthday in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: the Star-Spangled Spectacular. With the week-long festival commemorating this proud historical event running from September 10 to September 16, 2014, Watermark is supplying some truly unique on-the-water experiences for the event’s attendees...more

Star-Spangled Spectacular Festival: Save the Date!

Join the BWI and Baltimore communities at the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Festivities happen in downtown Baltimore from September 10, 2014 through September 16, 2014. During the week-long event, visitors will relive the hard-fought battle at Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key-writer of the poem that eventually became the National Anthem-and his fellow Americans overcame...more

Take a Self-Guided History & Heritage with your iPhone

Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay offers a rich and diverse history. Now, you can explore Annapolis’ storied past with two of our self-guided tours. Spending the day in Annapolis? Our Steps Through Time walking tour app is a visitor’s favorite. We spotlight this tour in our annual visitors guide and have now turned it into an iPhone App, which guides you through our historic town as you enjoy 33 historic sites at your own pace...more

A Timeline of Annapolis History, From Little-known Quirky Facts to Monumental Episodes

On January 8, 2014, in the heart of historic downtown Annapolis, the Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 434th legislative session. That’s longer than any other state capitol has been in continuous legislative use. Today’s state legislators meet for 90 days each year to act on more than 2,300 bills affecting Marylanders. Over 200 years ago, a momentous, nation-shaping decision took place in the Maryland State House. Know what it was? Keep reading to find the answer to this, and loads of other historical tidbits that give Annapolis its much-deserved nickname, Museum without Walls...more

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